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Old 07-14-2013, 05:34 PM   #1
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A/C on 20A outlet

We picked up our Sunseeker 2650S last Thursday and are slowing loading it (our first RV so we're going slow). It's very hot in the North East, 93 degrees today. We have an 20A outlet next to where it's parked. We know we're supposed to use 30A service if using the A/C, and have the 15A adapter if leaving the A/C off. We opted for the 15k BTU A/C w/Heat Pump and it uses 15.3A. We are curious if we don't run the refrigerator, lighting, slide, water pump, etc., if using the A/C on a 20A outlet is ok. We don't know how many amps other systems may be drawing power without us knowing about it (i.e. battery charger).
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Old 07-14-2013, 05:48 PM   #2
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Never recommended, but, if that's all your running, and everything else is off as you mentioned, it'll work fine. Others will disagree, but there is sufficient power with a 20a receptacle to run AC only. Think big hair dryer in your house. similar amperage draw, 20a plug. We've done the same thing on previous trailers, monitored amperage draw, no problems. We've got full hook ups in our shop with 30 and 50 amp as we never know what RV we'll have next. I'm sure you've already considered adding a designated 30a for the RV.
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Old 07-14-2013, 07:50 PM   #3
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if its a 20 amp circuit, its likely to have a 20 amp circuit breaker. Try it. Particularly if its only a short wire run from distribution panel to plug
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Old 07-14-2013, 08:13 PM   #4
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My 20 always blew, until I put in a separate 30 circuit
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:06 AM   #5
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Mine runs fine on a 20 amp circuit with a 12 ga, 15 foot extention cord. Check the extention cord for any heat build up.
Oh! And make sure your water heater (if equiped with electric) is off.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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Thanks to all that advised. We'll try just the A/C. Yes - we're having a 30A installed when our electrician gets back from vacation. We'd like to get some work done on loading/configuring the motorhome ASAP, and the forecast here is 90 degrees the next 5 days.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:49 AM   #7
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We'll try just the A/C. Yes - we're having a 30A installed when our electrician gets back from vacation
Make sure the electrician understands that it's a 30A 120V RV receptacle...most assume if you want 30A, it's 220V al a dryer or welding plug. More than a few on here have found out the hard way.

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Make sure the electrician understands that it's a 30A 120V RV receptacle...most assume if you want 30A, it's 220V al a dryer or welding plug. More than a few on here have found out the hard way.

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Please heed Dave's warning and excellent advice.

Here is a pdf file that you can print out to give your electrician to make sure he does it correct.

http://www.myrv.us/Imgs/PDF/30-amp%20Service.pdf

As Dave stated, we have had several members whose electrician wired the 30 amp outlet up for 220/240 volts......and thus fried some stuff in their RV's.
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i have been reading this thread and am confused. Sunseekers come with 30 amp service. the op said he was hooking up to a 20 amp service at a campground. why would he install a 30 amp service on a vehicle that already is 30 amps.

the persons who have trailers with 20 amp service and are upgrading to 30 amp service are confusing me. and this thread
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Old 07-15-2013, 11:02 AM   #10
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i have been reading this thread and am confused. Sunseekers come with 30 amp service. the op said he was hooking up to a 20 amp service at a campground. why would he install a 30 amp service on a vehicle that already is 30 amps.

the persons who have trailers with 20 amp service and are upgrading to 30 amp service are confusing me. and this thread

He is at home, not in a campground.
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